Pete Hammond

Pete Hammond
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
37% Cherry (2021) Rewards are here for filmgoers adventurous enough to go on the ride. Holland has the role of his young career and proves capable of acting ability on the highest levels. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
100% The Father (2021) What Zeller has so remarkably done here is to take any semblance of theatricality from this story and play it in another medium where it is actually enhanced. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
25% Crisis (2021) The outbreak of opioid addiction in this country is epidemic, even if overshadowed in the past year by the pandemic. Jarecki's film comes along at the right time to at least put an important focus back on it. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
59% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) You simply cannot say enough about what Day achieves in this role, particularly being a first-time actor. She gets beneath the skin of Holiday, giving a raw and honest portrait of an artist under duress. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
55% Silk Road (2021) If Silk Road wasn't a true story, some Hollywood screenwriter would have to create it because this is pure gold material as a movie. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
30% Blithe Spirit (2021) Looking for a few laughs as this endless pandemic drags on? The latest take on Noel Coward's sophisticated and supremely silly Blithe Spirit provides them. It also presents Dame Judi Dench with a role she was born to play. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
81% I Care a Lot (2021) Working with a game cast, Blakeson lets this den of thieves loose on delicious complex plotting and a tangled web of deceit involving control, authority, profit, bureaucracy, and pure naked ambition that all collide in wittily amusing ways. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
8% Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) The film itself is trying hard to be a new-age black comedy, but along with jarring violence that seems out of touch with an otherwise comedic approach, it misses the boat when it had the bones of being a sharp satire on life in the media age. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
78% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Wiig and Mumolo make it shine, along with some dazzlingly delicious production design that would make Vista Del Mar a real destination, if it ever existed in the first place. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
20% Me You Madness (2021) It never meets the moment of what Linton clearly hoped it would be, a kind of smart Heathers-like black comedy. It ultimately is just too vapid to be memorable in that way, too undisciplined to really work to the levels to which it aspires. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
11% Music (2020) Putting the various controversies involving its depiction of autism aside, this movie's schizophrenic swings between straight drama and disconnected musical numbers are so off-balance that it is hard to take it seriously at all. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
99% Totally Under Control (2020) Sadly, this expert and powerfully important film likely will spawn a sequel before all of this is finally over. Look at Totally Under Control as Act I. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Stanfield is sensational in the role, a career best to date. Also very fine is Dominique Fishback as Hampton's fellow revolutionary and emerging love interest. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
69% Land (2021) [Robin Wright] really has upped the stakes and taken on a challenging project, both logistically and in terms of a starring role that is emotionally draining. She succeeds impressively on both counts. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
93% Mass (2021) Wow. This is acting at its finest in a movie that will have you riveted. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
95% CODA (2021) It hits you right in the heart, not only as a moving story of what it means to be in a family, but also one about becoming your own person and following a dream. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) The pairing [of Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes] could not be more perfect. The movie is one with nice rewards as it explores not just the treasures buried in plain sight, but also the humanity deep inside us if we choose to find it. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
47% The Little Things (2021) Credit Hancock and producer Mark Johnson for their tenacity in sticking it out. The Little Things is a major motion picture achievement, an extraordinary thriller this is as unexpected as it is accomplished. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
75% Palmer (2021) This is unassuming, character-driven material, small but meaningful and a perfect showcase for the acting talents of Timberlake, who fits the role like a glove. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
2.5/5 59% Malcolm & Marie (2020) It is Zendaya vs. Washington in this exhausting two hander with good acting in a story trying to be like Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf but falling short script-wise. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
3.5/5 92% The White Tiger (2020) Ramin Bahrani's epic journey through modern India is wickedly satiric and blissfully dark. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
4/5 84% Our Friend (2020) Mixing superb acting in a true story that blends humor, heartbreak, tears, laughs and emotion, Our Friend proves to be the right film for the right time. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
3/5 45% Locked Down (2021) Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor shine in Doug Liman's smart and entertaining pandemic heist movie, seat-of-the-pants filmmaking at its most inventive. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Vanessa Kirby delivers a striking performance in this intense and devastating drama. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
5/5 91% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Darren Aronofsky-produced documentary is remarkable look at life in Florida's fake utopia. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/5 35% The Marksman (2021) Liam Neeson is reliably fine in this standard but watchable action flick. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
72% The Mauritanian (2021) Whether people are in the mood to buy the story always has been the bane of his existence, but it is indeed a courageous one as presented here, and Macdonald is just the right credible director to do it. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
90% Television Event (2020) It is a wild ride to be sure, and Daniels has had it in his head one way or another since he was a very young kid. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Chloe Grace Moretz battles monsters and Misogyny in the World War II skies in swell B-movie style. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
5/5 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) A phenomenal Carey Mulligan powers this stunning feature film directing and writing debut from Emerald Fennell. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Regina King's impressive directorial debut chronicles a remarkable 1964 meeting between four Black icons, and with help of a superb ensemble cast it is a winner. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 83% Pinocchio (2020) Matteo Garrone's wonderfully bizarre and visually stunning take on the classic tale is a genuine movie treat. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
2.5/5 46% Monster Hunter (2020) Some excellent CGI monsters save the day for this video game adaptation making it watchable for fans of the genre even if storywise much of it is incoherent. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/5 46% Fatale (2020) Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy turn a fatal attraction into a twisty throwback to the thrillers of the 80's and 90's. Check logic at the door and you'll have a good time. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/5 79% Greenland (2020) Gerard Butler struggles to help family survive against a planet-killing Comet in this timely and pretty damn exciting disaster movie that rises above the genre. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3.5/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Gal Gadot still has the WW mojo and flies into action for a crowd-pleasing sequel that delivers the action - LOTS of it - and makes room for some interesting villains played by Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 92% Sylvie's Love (2020) Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha create sparks in Amazon's nostalgic period romance that is a throwback to a time when Hollywood didn't offer this kind of opportunity to many Black actors. It is long past the time to right that wrong. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
4/5 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) George Clooney's intimate epic is an intelligent and urgent warning about what we are capable of in discovering the potential of other planets while destroying our own. One of his best film efforts. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 29% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) A real old fashioned crowd pleaser and a charmer of an Irish romantic comedy from the Oscar winning writer of "Moonstruck". John Patrick Shanley hasn't lost his touch. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
5/5 88% News of the World (2020) Tom Hanks excels once again with understated but stirring performance in Paul Greengrass' surprisingly relevant western about a deeply divided America following the Civil War. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
5/5 98% Minari (2020) A warm and wonderful story of a Korean-American family starting a new life on a farm in Arkansas was rightfully a big winner at Sundance and could follow Parasite to the Oscar podium. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
5/5 89% Let Them All Talk (2020) Streep, Bergen, and Wiest all sparkle in Steven Soderbergh's deliciously sophisticated and smart comedy set during an actual Queen Mary cruise from New York to England. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
4/5 96% Sound of Metal (2020) Compelling film where Riz Ahmed delivers a quietly powerful performance as a heroin-addicted drummer in a Metal band who is going deaf. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
4.5/5 55% The Prom (2020) A dazzling cause for celebration for movie musical lovers. The Broadway show was great, the movie is even better with a killer cast, a story with relevance , and a film that is pure entertainment. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3/5 34% Half Brothers (2020) It may be over the top in some ways, a lot of slapstick and swing-for-the-fences broad comedy, but the stars play characters who eventually show a lot of heart amongst the laughs AND there is a cool goat thrown in the mix for fun. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
2.5/5 32% Superintelligence (2019) Melissa McCarthy tries to kill James Corden with kindness in a comedy that is mildly amusing at best, but lacks edge and is pretty forgettable. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) They still have Fred Flintstone and family to thank for this, but this second round with the Croods takes the franchise to new levels of fun , especially with the addition of a new family dynamic. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 77% Uncle Frank (2020) Paul Bettany leads a superb ensemble cast in this moving humun story of a gay man forced to again confront the traumas of growing up in a small southern town. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman deliver tour de force performances in George C. Wolfe's outstanding film version of August Wilson's landmark play. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/5 68% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) A reteaming of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn reignite the holiday spirit in this bright Netflix sequel to the 2018 original. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020